Fergus Falls, MN Tornado, June 1919 - Scores Dead
SCORES DEAD IN WINDSTORM
STORM DOES MUCH DAMAGE NEAR FERGUS FALLS.
CUTS A PATH 30 MILES LONG
GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL COLLAPSES KILLING 40 OR MORE
Relief Train From St. Cloud Reaches Devastated Country—Heavy Rain Follows in Wake of Violent Wind.
St. Paul, Minn., June 23—More than one hundred persons were reported killed and many injured in a storm which struck eFrgus [sic] Falls, Minn. Late yesterday. eFrgus [sic] Falls was cut off from communication today. Nearby towns were slightly damaged. Meager reports from the vicinity of Fergus Falls, said the death toll will go much higher.
Probably the heaviest casualties were at the Grand Central hotel where 40 or more were said ti [sic] have been killed yhen [sic] the structure colapsed [sic].
Hospitals were packed with injured, and many of these will die, reports said.
The Great Northern “Oriental Limited” was brushed from its track by the heavy wind acompanying [sic] the storm. All but two cars—the diner and the sleeper—were overturned. “No one badly injured reported Great Northern officials.
A relief train from St. Cloud, Minn., reached Fergus Falls district early today, reports said.
Governor on Way to Scene
Governor J. A. A. Burnquist, Adjutant General Rhinow and sanitary trops [sic] were expected to reach the city later.
The storm swept northeast from Fergus Falls and the tail crumpled buildings and crashed telephone lines to the ground os [sic] far as Brainerd, eight-nine miles away.
Heavy rain drenched al [sic] of Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota during the night. Bridges were washed out in many places.
Wendell, Minn., twenty-five miles from Fergus Falls, said reports there hod [sic] it two score buried in the debris of the Grand Central hotel. A. Larsen, real estate man, who drove a motorcycle thru [sic] the rain to ask aid, said he helped take ten bodies from the wreckage.
Great Northern officials could not confirm reports that the railroad depot was wrecked.
Two persons were killed when the storm wrecked the Northern Pacific depot at Fergus Falls. Debris there blocked further traffic.
Superintendent of transportation P. H. McCauley said he received a report that 200 were killed. He said it was possible there were many casualties thru [sic] the country northwest of the town not yet reported.
A wrecking crew sent to Fergus Falls said the Northern Pacific railroad tracks will be cleared in six hours.
The Evening State Journal and Lincoln Daily News, Lincoln, NE 23 Jun 1919